Need to train the officers and officials of technical departments like finance department as well as those agencies which are involved in the implementation of fiscal laws especially, can never be denied.
The Department of Customs Central Excise & Sales Tax is also a public dealing department as well as responsible for Revenue collection, training of its officers and officials has to be of prime importance. At the time of independence, training to the officers of the Department was imparted at Customs Training School, Takia Gowandi near Wagha Border, Lahore. After 1965, Financial Services Academy, Walton, Lahore. After 1973 Administrative Reforms: The FSA became Civil Services Academy. The Directorate of Inspection and Training was established at Karachi. An independent Directorate of Training was established in 1981 at Karachi and another one at Lahore in 2000.The Directorate General of Training & Research was established at Islamabad in 1997.
The building where this Directorate is presently situated was in fact Custom House till 1989. Brief history of this building is that on 17th February, 1902 the finance and commerce Department of the Bombay residency allocated piece of land to the customs and Port Authority for the construction of permanent offices. A plan for construction of joint building was designed by Mr. G. Willet, Consulting architect to the Government of Bombay.
It was to be semi-circular building made in the Victorian tradition. It was decided by Port authorities in 1908 that the KPT offices would be located in the left hand side of the building. The construction of joint KPT-Customs building commenced in 1912and was completed in 1914-15. The total cost upon completion, came to US $ 57,338/-. The first meeting of the board of Port Trustees and Customs was held in the newly constructed premises on 12th January, 1916. Since then it was used by the Customs Department till it shifted to new Custom House. The Directorate occupied the building in 1989. At that time it was deplorable condition. However, the task of renovation was taken a challenge and now it gives a pleasant impression. It houses Auditorium, Seminar Hall, and Class Rooms, Computer Labs and one Specious Library and number of offices. Work of renovation is still under progress and the whole building will be modernized without changing its antique look.
To conduct Specialized Training Programmes (STP) for probationary officers of Customs & Excise Group
To conduct post-induction training of officers / officials of Customs, Federal Excise & Sales Tax
To conduct mid- career Training of officers/ officials
To conduct refresher courses for all grades (In service short term training)
To conduct Capacity Building Courses for officers/officials
To conduct Information Technology Courses
To conduct Management Courses for officers
To arrange Pre-budget/Post Budget Seminars & training for officers/officials and other stakeholders
To conduct International Customs/Taxation courses (WTO,WCO, UNIDO)
To impart taxpayers education
To conduct Training of Clearing Agents, Corporate Community, etc.
To carryout Research activity
To conduct training for Customs officers of other Customs Administrations (such as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Central Asian Republics (CARs)
To carry out E-Learning Courses